Posts Tagged ‘Childhood Vs. Adulthood’

Okay Then

July 31, 2014

Over the past few days, those of you skilled at reading between the lines, as well as those simply skilled at just reading, probably concluded this has not been an easy week for me.

You concluded correctly.

And while I can see the edge of the woods from here, I’m not quite out of them yet, so I’m going to need to keep this brief today.  With that in mind, here’s an exchange I overheard this morning between Lala and L.:

Lala:  (After L. said something particularly clearly.) You’re getting this enunciation thing down pat.

L.:  No, I’m not. (Said with flawless enunciation.)

The Difference A Letter Can Make

July 21, 2014

Some days its like the Universe is deliberately setting you up for a joke.

One of L’s toys has a game where you draw the letter on the screen with a stylus, then it spells out a word for you starting with that letter. Capital B is particularly tricky due to the double semicircles, and is the letter most likely to get him frustrated, so we’ve all gotten used to the toy repeating the letter B over and over again until he either gets it right, gets angry at it, and/or asks for help. At one point over the weekend though, the repetition of the letter B finally stopped, and a word started to be spelled:

“I”

“T”

Must be spelling ‘bite,’ his mother thought.

“C”

“H”

A quick double take later it was determined that L. had gotten frustrated with capital B, but instead of the toy expressing his frustration for him, it was merely dutifully spelling out the word “itch” after he decided to draw the far easier capital I instead . . .

You Might Call It My Number One Complaint

May 2, 2014

You know what, son? It’s disturbing to me just how much interest the status of your toilet training seems to generate in people, particularly strangers. It’s not the topic itself which disturbs me, but how often it’s brought up right after introductions are made and the question, “How old is he?” has been answered. Is this really relevant to every parent and grandparent we meet at the playground?

And I’m Not Kidding

April 2, 2014

There’s nothing quite like watching a solid morning of educational children’s programs to make one realize that the world would be a much better place if adults followed even half of the rules they set for children.

Then Verses Now

July 8, 2013

My reaction to watching The Red Balloon when I was a child:  “They . . . they . . . KILLED it!  Wh-Why would they DO that?”

My reaction to watching The Red Balloon today:  “Wait, balloons, wait!  HE didn’t kill it, those other kids did it.  You’re getting your revenge on the wrong kid!  Don’t do it, I’m begging you, don’t do it!”

The moral of this?

Time may have changed the way I perceive things, but I still think that film, cute as it is for the most part, has a truly horrific ending.